What is a placental abruption?

Placenta detaches. Placental abruption is when the placenta detaches from the uterine wall before the baby is born. This happens in only 1% of pregnancies. It can be dangerous as the baby may not get the same amount of oxygen and nutrients if the abruption is large. Patients may or may not have vaginal bleeding. Abruption has been linked to maternal high blood pressure, Cocaine use, abdominal trauma and smoking.
Separation . An abruption is an abrupt separation of the placenta. It is usually caused by severe trauma, smoking, high blood pressure, or twins. Usually women will experience severe pain. They may or may not have bleeding.
Placenta separating. A placental abruption is when the placenta separates from the uterus resulting in abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding. This is an emergency because the blood supply to the baby is compromised. This can occur after a traumatic event like a car accident or domestic violence. It can also occur with high blood pressure, drug use and a variety of other medical conditions.

Related Questions

Light spotting today at 18 weeks pregnant. I do have a subchorionic hematoma. Should I be worried? What should I do!? Placental abruption? Help : (

Sonogram. From the other question you asked we know that you already did all the right things. You saw your doctor and had an examination and sonogram. The doctor diagnosed you with a subchorionic hematoma which is a small bruised area of the placenta. This explained your spotting. Your sonogram verified that you are not having a placental abruption. Read more...

What are the tests for placental abruption?

Not many. It is a clinical diagnosys. Unusual abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, uterine contractions. Sometimes if the abruption is severe and ultrasound can see it. The baby can suffer as well showed by a non reassuring fetal strip. Sono finds abruption only in 30% of cases in average. Read more...
Ultrasound, monitor. Abruption is a bleed from the placenta; a disruption of either the mother or baby's blood supply. Many causes: trauma, high blood pressure, drugs (cocaine), preterm labor, polyhydramnios. Can be very large or very small, so even US can miss a diagnosis. Symptoms: usually preterm contractions, sometimes vaginal bleed. Fetal monitoring is necessary. Wait, watch; abruption can self-heal sometimes. Read more...

What are the symptoms of placental abruption?

Pain and Bleeding. The classic symptoms are abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding, but other symptoms can include uterine contractions (intermittent or continuous) and fetal distress. Read more...
Bleeding or None. Placental abruption is when the placenta detaches from the uterine wall before the baby is born. This happens in only 1% of pregnancies. Patients may or may not have vaginal bleeding. It can be dangerous as the baby may not get the same amount of oxygen and nutrients if the abruption is large. Abruption has been linked to maternal high blood pressure, Cocaine use, abdominal trauma and smoking. Read more...

What is the treatment for placental abruption?

Usually delivery. While you can try to control bleeding and hypertension (eclamsia) in general, delivery is going to be the only true control of the problem. Read more...
Watching, waiting. Abruption is a bleed from the placenta; a disruption of either the mother or baby's blood supply. Many causes: trauma, high blood pressure, drugs (cocaine), preterm labor, polyhydramnios. Can be very large or very small, so even US can miss a diagnosis. Symptoms: usually preterm contractions, sometimes vaginal bleed. Fetal monitoring is necessary. Wait, watch; abruption can self-heal sometimes. Read more...
Simple really. Abruption is the separation of the placental attachment to the uterine wall prior to delivery.Whether on the margin, central, or both, the untreated outcome would have the baby bleeding out all its blood & dying. It is less likely to kill mom, but with complications both could be lost. Urgent delivery, by c-section is the expected treatment. Read more...

How do you diagnose a placental abruption?

Quickly + FHT's. Placental abruption is a true OB emergency as the fetal heart tones(fht's) will drop on monitoring and intervention to save the fetus needs to be immediate. Read more...
Symptoms, Ultrasound. Abruption is a bleed from the placenta; a disruption of either the mother or baby's blood supply. Many causes: trauma, high blood pressure, drugs (cocaine), preterm labor, polyhydramnios. Can be very large or very small, so even US can miss a diagnosis. Symptoms: usually preterm contractions, sometimes vaginal bleed. Fetal monitoring is necessary. Wait, watch; abruption can self-heal sometimes. Read more...

Can I die from placental abruption if I ignore it?

Yes. You dont want to ignore placenta abruption. It can kill your baby and kill you eventually due to complications related to bleeding. Read more...
Yes, baby also. Placental separation (abruption) can decrease blood flow to your infant, compromising it's health. Mild cases can be watched and surveillance provided for your baby. Severe cases can end up with massive bleeding, fetal loss (death), or maternal hemorrhage and its complications which include bleeding to death. Your OB can best tell you your personal risks and what you need to do to stay safe. Read more...